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05/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Jim "Elly" Copes

James Eldridge Copes
(16 Nov 1925 - 09 May 2009)

Fork Union Military Academy

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Jim "Elly" Copes, father of Laura Copes Pace ('65) of NC, passed away in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the age of 83.

From the Daily Press - 05/12/09:

                         James E. Copes

  RALEIGH, N.C. - Jim 'Elly' Copes died in Raleigh on May 9, 2009, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Copes; daughter, Laura and son-in-law, Tom Pace; and grandson, Stephen Pace and wife, Gia, all of Raleigh; granddaughters, Jennifer and husband, Thomas Kirby of Lacrosse, Wis., Ashley and husband, Darren Harrington of Southport, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Graham and Autumn Kirby, and Ellie Harrington; a brother, Jerry and wife, Judy Copes of Newport News, Va.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Nellie and James E. Copes; and a brother, Bruce Copes, all of Newport News.

Jim was born in Accomack County, Va., on Nov. 16, 1925. He attended Warwick County, schools and Fork Union Military Academy. He lived in Newport News and North Wilkesboro, N.C., before moving to Raleigh in 2001. Jim previously worked as Branch Manager in the construction equipment rental industry.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the Chapel at Trinity Baptist Church, with visitation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609, in memory of James E. Copes. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 5/12/2009 - 5/13/2009.

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May 12, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Susan Copes Lawson, Gloucester, Virginia
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May 12, 2009

Dear Ruth and family,

My heart is broken for you, Jimmy was a wonderful person to know, full of fun and energy. Meeting you through Doris and Gean Reynolds and sharing in the feeling of family was truly a blessing for me. Have missed you both and now pray for all of you left behind. May the memories you share of the happy times comfort you. Love, Bonnie Mittelmaier (formerly Reynolds)

~ Bonnie Mittelmaier, Williamsburg, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Laura and the entire Copes family and their friends.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821


No Night There

Words by John R. Clements, c.1899
Music by Hart P. Danks (6 Apr 1834 - 20 Nov 1923)


1. In the land of fadeless day
Lies the city foursquare;
It shall never pass away,
And there is no night there.

* Refrain:
God shall wipe away all tears,
There’s no death, no pain, nor fears,
And they count not time by years,
For there is no night there.

2. All the gates of pearl are made,
In the city foursquare;
All the streets with gold are laid,
And there is no night there.

3. All the gates shall never close
To the city foursquare;
There life’s crystal river flows,
And there is no night there.

4. There they need no sunshine bright,
In that city foursquare;
For the Lamb is all the light,
And there is no night there.

"No Night There" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/12/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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